0

Snow Forts!

Posted by admin on Feb 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The kids have enjoyed time outside building and building!  We’re expecting a huge amount of snow tonight into tomorrow so we shall see what we can build next!

Kobe

Kobe

Kobe Inside

Kobe Inside

Sam

Sam

Tom

Tom

Girls

Girls

Girls Inside

Girls Inside

Katie

Katie

Emily

Emily

 
0

Saturated Heart

Posted by admin on Jan 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

God is so good.   He gave me a great idea as I prayed about what to teach the kids this week.  I got some cheap kitchen sponges and cut them into heart shapes.  Then, I set them over the heater so they’d get dried out and hard.

The next morning we talked about the purpose of our heart - physically and spiritually.  I pray that my children will love God with all their heart and love the people and things that God loves.

We often talk about the three reasons why we are alive:

1)To please and glorify God     2) To be conformed into His image    3) To share God with others through the Gospel message of Jesus Christ - spoken and lived out

How does a sponge get dried out?  … by sitting out in the world and doing nothing different from the world

We experimented with our hard heart sponges…

You can blow them away - they are not strong in their beliefs - they are swayed every which way

You can break them easily - they are not able to withstand trials

They hurt others - they are abrasive and scratch

So, how do we keep a soft heart? … There’s only one way - Jesus - keeping our eyes fixed on Him - spending time with Him - spending time in His Word, in prayer…continually

We passed around a bowl of water and soaked our sponges in it - like when we soak up the Word of God, listen to His voice, and obey Him in our living out our faith

In John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

When our heart is soft - 1) We please Him by not being tossed to and fro - we have weight in Him - He holds us strong     2) We are changed to be more like Him - not broken easily - opposition bounces off and we are moldable - into His image    3)  We share Him becuase we are SATURATED - everywhere we go, we drip Jesus

Keep filling up on the water that quenches thirst - be saturated continually - and live such that you are different.

 
0

Wise Beyond His Years…

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

I may never know how old my son Yakobe is…but I have an inkling he is older than the official age depicts.  I see wisdom and compassion that younger children don’t have.  When I discuss things with him, he has a grasp of life on a deeper level than the typical 9 year old.  It may be somewhat from the trials he has endured and the pain his heart has suffered as a young child, but I still think he is unusually wise.  It is amazing to me, knowing the little bit he has shared of his challenges in Ethiopia that this boy has chosen to take those difficulties and experiences and use them to be better and stronger.  He does not exhibit negative or strange behavior..and knowing his past, it seems that he should.

God gave him to us - what a blessing.  As I look at Yakobe’s story and hear still more revealed by him as our relationship and trust grows, I see God’s hand rescuing him and leading him to our family.  I see God bringing him to this land America - where as much as we complain, there is so much opportunity and so much freedom.  I know God has a plan for him as he has a plan for each of us.  I pray this year that we would see and take opportunity in our trials and struggles and be stronger and better for the Lord to do what He desires for His plan and His glory.

 
0

The Band-Aid

Posted by admin on Dec 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

God is still a God of miracles.  He cares about the small stuff.  As we seek Him, he reminds us that He is soveriegn.  He can do whatever He wants.  And sometimes, he just wants to bless us in small ways that are really HUGE. 

On Oct. 31 we went with a group at church to rake some leaves for families that weren’t able to rake.  We finished up the assigned house and our youth pastor prayed about doing another house.  He knocked on the door of one he felt led to rake.  It ended up being a single mom who was very grateful.  Of course God knew who needed it most. 

While we were raking, Mark got a blister that was really bothering him.  He asked me for a band-aid.  I had failed to put the first aid kit back into the van after cleaning it out.  I didn’t have any.

Mark went back to raking, re-doing an area that the wind had blown some more leaves into.  He looked down into his leaf pile and saw something laying in the leaves.  He picked it up and found that it was a brand-new band-aid.  And it wasn’t just any old band-aid.  It was a very sticky flexible band-aid that fit over his blister perfectly and stayed on through the rest of our raking.

God cares about the small stuff and He always provides.  How cool is that?  He is awesome!

 
0

Wasted

Posted by admin on Dec 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

I will never forget the phone conversation.  I was young, just married.  Someone who’s opinion I valued told me I was wasting my life.  I knew I wasn’t, but it still stung. Now that I’m older, I actually hope I am wasting my life.  The apostle Paul said, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him” Philippians 3:7-9

 Every year I look back and am amazed.  How did it fly by so quickly?  How did Sam get to be 12?  How did my first little girl become such a young lady?  How is it that we, high school sweethearts have been married for over 16 years?  We met over 24 years ago?  How is it that after nearly 4 years of infertility we have 7 children filling our house with laughter?

 God is so good…and by His grace, our life is not wasted.  Every day God gives me moments to just take in and treasure all that He gives.

 
0

Re-Directed … A Summer Story

Posted by admin on Dec 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

In June we both felt that God was directing us to sell our house. 

 We prayed. 

 We thought that the amount of the mortgage compared to our income and expenses was too big.  Since we qualified for a short sale, we thought that was the best route.  We planned to keep current on payments and report everything honestly.  We would move to wherever God led whether that be renting or if the timing worked out, buying.   We thought for sure where we ended up would be much less of a payment allowing us to be better stewards of our money. 

It was very tough putting this house up for sale.  I love it here.  But we desired to be obedient.  I think we both realized through this that our house belongs to God, not us.  Why worry about keeping it if it belongs to Him anyway?  He could easily provide us another place to live.  Our job was to find out what the Owner (God) wanted done and then carry out His will. It was for sale for 6 weeks.  The price was right.  We had one showing. 

 We continued to pray for God’s direction.  

 We looked at many houses to rent or buy.  Everyone said there was so much out there.  The only one we found that we loved sold before we could blink.  We wondered what God was doing. 

 We prayed some more and begged God to show us what was going on. 

 Then, in one day, after a second offer on our house was rejected by our bank, the negotiating company offered a refund, the real estate offered an unconditional withdrawal, and before we even signed the paper to withdraw our home from the market, they came and took the sign right out of our yard.  It was like God was saying, “All done.  You obeyed.  You can keep the house.  I’m re-directing you.”

 It was reassuring that God was hearing and directing us.   Sometimes as we strive to hear God clearly, He takes us on paths that teach us things.  It seemed maybe we heard Him wrong and it’s easy to think that putting our house for sale wasn’t what He was saying because He suddenly took it off the market and ended the sale.  But, I believe He spoke, we obeyed, and He taught us through it.  And while it didn’t make much financial sense in a worldly perspective, staying here keeps us on our knees, trusting Him to provide and keeps us on our toes being as wise stewards as we are able.

 

 
0

The Cover and The Title Page

Posted by admin on Oct 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

We just finished a great biography on C.S. Lewis by Janet and Geoff Benge.  My children are fans of Narnia.  Honestly, I’m not really too into it, although I LOVE the spiritual analogies that Jack, a.k.a. C.S. Lewis, was able to incorporate into his plots.  In the biography, the end of the book The Last Battle  was cited.  Jack concluded this book with the lines “All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page:  now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read:  which goes on for ever:  in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

How awesome is that?  It made me think of how short our time here is on earth and how the whole point is really the eternal.  The main plot, the main purpose has yet to be seen or fully understood.  And yet, that doesn’t deem our time here unimportant.  For the cover and title page of any book serve very important purposes.  When people look at the cover, they may decide whether or not to bother reading it.  They may glance at the cover and decide they don’t even want to know what story unfolds inside.  On the other hand, they may be intrigued by the cover, flip to the title page and be drawn to read more.

Isn’t that what a believer is supposed to be?  Not just the same old same old that people see.  Believers are to be set apart, different; holy - and yet, approachable; strangely attractive - not because of our physical appearance (although approachable is very important) but because of our attitude, our demeanor, our peace, and our love.  What kind of cover and title page do others see in me?  Will they want to read the rest of the story?

 
0

Spiritual Heritage

Posted by admin on Sep 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Today is my husband Mark’s birthday.  I was just reflecting on the past few days and how blessed I am to be married to him.  I peeked around the corner when he was giving a piano lesson to Abbie and a couple days later to Katie.  He is so patient and gentle in his teaching.  I listened at the dinner table as he shared what God was teaching him in his devotional time.  He asked the kids questions and led a discussion on what is most important.  And although the football scoreboard has been discouraging, I know Mark is teaching the boys important character qualities in the football classroom.  I am blessed when I witness my husband lead the team as they all bend a knee to pray before the game - in the midst of hundreds of fans at a public high school.  My oldest son, Sam, is writing a speech for a homeschool public speaking class on spiritual heritage.  He chose to write about how his Daddy is leading our family…passing down from generation to generation things that matter, things of God.  Perhaps when Sam is done, I will post his speech here too.  I love you Mark.

 
0

April

Posted by admin on Jul 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Well, it’s just about July and I’m finally writing about April!  We had a fun Easter - we did an egg hunt at home in the morning and then Grandma and Grandpa Tabar set one up for the kids in the afternoon.  We had some fun with Daddy on his days off work.  Katie completed a shelf building project with Daddy too.  On the Monday after Easter break, we headed to Real Life Farm in Canton, MI.  We go there at least once a year and enjoy holding all the baby animals, riding horses, and going on a hay ride with friends.  We even got to milk a cow and make butter!  The kids planned a special Family Fun Night - Katie’s idea for her birthday and it was really neat to see the kids work together to make a memorable evening together.  The kids went with Daddy to school for bring your child to work day and soon after we had some friends over to celebrate Katie’s birthday.  It was a bit rainy so we set up our tents in the backyard and had a lot of fun in them.  April ended with saying goodbye for the summer to all our CBS teachers.

Easter 2010 at Church

Easter 2010 at Church

Daddy Helping Nathan and Emily

Daddy Helping Nathan and Emily

Katie Excitedly Searching for Eggs at Grandma & Grandpas

Katie Excitedly Searching for Eggs at Grandma & Grandpas

Boys Hunting for Eggs at Grandma and Grandpa's

Boys Hunting for Eggs at Grandma and Grandpa's

Abbie Helping Emily Find Eggs at Home

Abbie Helping Emily Find Eggs at Home

Thomas at the Playground

Thomas at the Playground

Abbie and Nathan on the Playground

Abbie and Nathan on the Playground

Katie Making a Shelf with Daddy

Katie Making a Shelf with Daddy

Thomas and Daddy Building Together

Thomas and Daddy Building Together

Emily Cuddles Daddy

Emily Cuddles Daddy

Sam and Kobe playing with Daddy

Sam and Kobe playing with Daddy

Getting the Garden Ready

Getting the Garden Ready

Playing with the Animals at Real Life Farm

Playing with the Animals at Real Life Farm

Take Your Kids to Work Day

Take Your Kids to Work Day

Happy 8th Birthday Katie!

Happy 8th Birthday Katie!

 
0

Amazed…

Posted by admin on Mar 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Enjoying an Unseasonably Warm Day at the Detroit Zoo

When I stand back for a moment from the very busy and often chaotic days, I’m amazed.  I’m amazed at how good and patient and kind our God is.  I am so blessed by my children.  I am also amazed (and shouldn’t be) at how different my expectations are from my God’s expectations.  I suppose that’s part of being molded into the image of God throughout our lives as we trust and live abiding in Him.  I amazed because I expected that when God led us specifically to adopt our boys, I thought we’d be doing the service of giving them a family.  I thought my biological children would serve as an example to them.  I had braced myself for many difficulties, especially with adopting an older child.

I am amazed that through the many changes and trials these precious children have gone through, they are so full of joy and life and love.  They teach us patience.  They teach us humility, service, and trust.  They teach us to persevere and fight the good fight of faith.

I am reminded that there is a much bigger picture than I see.  There is a real spiritual realm where a battle rages.  For believers, those who’ve trusted in Christ as their personal Savior, I believe this battle is for our faith.  Faith is seeing through God’s eyes - seeing His perspective.  Satan wants us to only see the world, the practical, physically visible.  He wants us to “make sense” of things, to think “logically”, to be “smart”.  When we do this, we lose sight of reality.  True reality is faith.  It is seeing God’s big picture.  Until I get to eternity,  I know I will never see this totally clearly, but I pray God would help me see as much as I can.  I pray I would be teachable and trusting and that somehow in God’s strength, He would use my desire and help me to be a testimony.

Right below are photos of Mark baptizing Katie and Yakobe on March 6, 2010.  What a blessing to have a godly husband and to be able to see my children obedient to Christ.

Mark Baptising Katie on March 6, 2010

Mark Baptizing Katie on March 6, 2010

Mark Baptizing Yakobe March 6, 2010

Mark Baptizing Yakobe March 6, 2010

Below are some other photos of memorable fun moments in March…

Thomas Learned to Ride without Traning Wheels!

Thomas Learned to Ride without Traning Wheels!

Fun Dinner in the Tent

Fun Dinner in the Tent

Little Ones Dinner in the Tent

Little Ones Dinner in the Tent

Making Mud Pies

Making Mud Pies

Watercolor Painting with Friends at our House

Watercolor Painting with Friends at our House

Nathan Engaged in His New Football Board Book

Nathan Engaged in His New Football Board Book

Checking Out the Animals at the Detroit Zoo

Checking Out the Animals at the Detroit Zoo

Copyright © 2017 Marie’s Journal All rights reserved. Theme by Laptop Geek.